Nominations Now Open for The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award

September 30, 2011– Nominations are now open for the The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award. The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award was jointly established by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the The EQUUS Foundation in 2009 to celebrate the humanitarian achievements made by a member of the equine community. Specifically, the goal of this humanitarian honor is to spotlight and exalt the selfless dedication one individual or a group of individuals has made, whether on a regional or national scale.

From improving the health and welfare of the horse to promoting and expanding the general public’s appreciation and respect of the diverse role of horses not just in equestrian sports but also as aides to the general public, the recipient of this award will be someone who has devoted considerable personal time to making the quality of life of our equine partners paramount.

The award will be presented at the Pegasus Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 14, 2012, during the USEF Annual Meeting. The recipient of the Humanitarian Award will receive a $5,000 grant from The EQUUS Foundation to be awarded to the equestrian or horse-related charity of his or her choice.

Nomination Deadline November 14, 2011

The nomination information and link to the online nomination form is available at

The USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award is limited to individuals. Corporations, organizations, affiliate groups and businesses are not eligible. However, this may be amended in exceptional circumstances based on a case-by-case basis. While the winner of the award is limited to individuals, an organization may serve as a nominator. Posthumous nominees will not be accepted.

Those individuals who are professionally employed in a full-time manner by a company or entity whose sole purpose is to work for the aforementioned qualities and philanthropic ends will only be considered as an acceptable nominee in certain circumstances. These include if their contributions have been widely viewed as exception beyond their required work performance or if their achievements and dedication is noted as being far beyond the call of duty.

Any member of the equestrian community may make a nomination for an individual to be considered for the Humanitarian Award. A nomination form will be made available to any such person or group making a nomination and a definitive amount of information must be provided in detail in order for the nominee to be accepted. This information will include the following:

  • An explanatory, written statement as to why the individual is worthy of the award;
  • Biographical information of the nominee;
  • Specific examples of their philanthropic work, including their involvement (time spent, duration of work, type of work, etc.);
  • Supportive materials such as written testimonials or letters from those who have been affected by the nominees contributions; and * Any additional materials deemed worthy by the nominator.

For more information about the nominations process, contact Trisha Watkins at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) at [email protected].

Past Recipients

The inaugural 2009 award recipient was Nancy Koch in recognition of her leadership in establishing CANTER (Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) as a solution to help racehorses find new careers by connecting buyers and sellers through posting racehorses for sale on the Internet.

The 2010 award recipient was Robert E. (Bob) in recognition of his integral role in establishing and building the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) into the organization it is today. The IHSA was founded in 1966 with five participating colleges and a handful of riders on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status. Today, more than 370 colleges and universities participate with 8,700-plus riders. It is due to Cacchione’s efforts that tens of thousands of collegiate students have had the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition.

For information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at (203) 259-1550 or [email protected].

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: [email protected], website:

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